Every year, as soon as December 1st rolls around, I make it my mission to watch every single Christmas movie at my disposal.
It’s just Phase 1 of my transformation from a normal person into a walking, talking Christmas tree.
But the festive season is all about spending time with others (or so I’m told), so what better way to get into the spirit than roping in your loved ones – some more willingly than others – to watch the wholesomeness unfold on-screen?
So, I’ve rounded up a handful of Chrissie movies playing on Disney+ and have taken the liberty to recommend exactly who you should watch them with.
It’s all painfully cute, innit?
The Scroogiest person you know
The Santa Clause (1994)
Without exaggerating, I’d wager I’ve seen this movie upwards of…wait no, that’s just straight-up embarrassing. I’ve seen it a healthy amount, no more questions.
Tim Allen plays a standard Christmas Scrooge who’s a tad cold on the exterior (and arguably interior), who discovers that he is, in fact, Santa Claus – much to his chagrin.
Watch this with your scroogiest loved one because they’ll be able to relate to Tim Allen’s hatred of the holiday season, while you can watch it for the positively delightful plot.
It’s a win-win.
The mate who’s seen every Christmas movie under the sun
I stumbled upon Noelle on a whim last year and I was annoyed at the universe that it hadn’t been around for longer – it’s a modern classic in my eyes.
Essentially, Noelle (Anna Kendrick) is on the same level as me when it comes to Christmas, in that she lives and breathes it. (In hindsight, I would’ve been perfect for the role so if there’s a sequel, Disney, you can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The kicker here is that her brother Nick (Bill Hader) is training up to replace their father as Santa, but quite frankly he’s just not great at the job. So, Nick takes a bit of a breather at the recommendation of Noelle, only to just drop everything and disappear.
Because this movie is so recent, there’s a slim chance your know-it-all-about-Christmas mate hasn’t yet seen it, which means they won’t be quoting every line throughout the entire movie like a pill.
The ‘I’m too old for kid movies’ person
Home Alone (1990) & Home Alone 2 (1992)
Look, not one single person can turn down a Home Alone movie. If it’s on, every man and his dog will watch it. It’s just science.
Even someone who believes they’re too old for Christmas movies can’t resist the temptation of Home Alone. What’s not to love? A kid gets left behind on a trip and lives out all of our childhood fantasies.
Minus, you know, the whole burglar thing.
The nostalgic friend
I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1998)
It’s interesting that so many actors in Home Improvement went on to make wholesome Christmas movies.
Well, two: Tim Allen and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, but that’s essentially the entire cast if my hazy recollection of Home Improvement serves me correctly.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas is a childhood fave for so many, so target your most nostalgic friend for the best chance of conning them into Christmas cheer.
The premise is simple: Jake (JTT) is a uni student who has to get home in time for Christmas, but seeing as his uni mates left him in the desert (a classic if not wildly dangerous prank), it’s a tad harder than simply getting in his car and driving for 45-minutes.
The love interest
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
There is no Christmas movie as heartwarming as Miracle On 34th Street. There just isn’t.
This warm and fuzzy ’90s time capsule follows a young girl who believes that the department store Santa is actually Santa. Because, well, he’s actually Santa.
Of course, the boring old adults don’t buy into it because they’re all jaded from life in general, so Santa himself has to prove it to the non-believers.
Throw in a nailbiting court case and you’ve got yourself the Law & Order: Christmas Edition crossover you never knew you needed.
If you’ve got someone special in your life, chuck on the fireplace, cuddle up with a warm mug of hot chocolate and have a romantic little night.
I don’t care if it’s summer here in Australia, you will put on a fluffy jumper and sweat next to the fireplace as you try not to pass out.
The Christmas convert
Jingle All The Way (1996)
Congratulations, you’ve converted someone you know into a bona fide Christmas-head.
Now that you don’t have to convince them too hard to watch a Christmas movie with you, it’s the perfect time to whack on Jingle All The Way.
I’ve seen this movie enough times to remember the plot but, all I seem to remember is The Terminator committing several felonies to get a toy for his…daughter? Perhaps?
Either way, it’s a hoot.
You can stream all of the above movies (and a stack more) on Disney+.Image: Jingle All The Way